In the last article we took a look back at The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 castaway but in this article it is all about The Sims 2 Pets! With Cats & Dogs being all the talk at the moment it seems fair that The Sims 2 Pets and The Sims 2 Apartment Pets get their own article.
The Sims 2 Pets
Nintendo GameCube, Nintedo Wii and PlayStation 2 & Sony PSP
The Sims 2 Pets was released on consoles in October 2006 meaning the intial releas of the game is just over eleven years old. The Sony PSP installment of the game was released shortly after in December 2006 and the the Nintendo Wii version being releases in June 2007.
The console version was designed to be almost identical to the PC expansion. However unlike previous console installments the Player isn’t forced to complete goals. The player just creates a Sim and controls them and then of course then aquire a Pet. Of course the console version came with a handful of differences. Here’s just a few of them below:
- New Paramedic & Therapist NPC added to the game.
- All sims are adults meaning that there are no Toddler, Child or Teen Sims. Elder Sims can be created by changing the Sims hair colour. Sims will also not die but will pass out when the hunger bar hits zero.
- Sims abducted by aliens will not get pregnant.
- Pranking other Sims on the phone will not get you in trouble.
Game Boy Advance & Nintendo DS
The Sims 2 Pets on Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS was released in late 2006. This also saw the last game from The Sims franchise to be released on Game Boy Advance (the same with the Nintendo Game Cube version of the game).
Both versions of the game are set in Bakersville. As a Vet you are tasked with helping look after Pets in the town. Once the Pet Paitent is well again the owner will return. Depending on how well you cared for the paitent depends on how much the owner pays you. If you do well you will earn good money and recieve an increased reputation. Of course you can also own your Pet as well.
Random Trivia: If you have ever played The Sims 2 Pets on Game Boy Advance then you may recognise some of the Pet’s Furniture from The Sims Unleashed!
The Sims 2 Apartment Pets – DS
Released nearly two years after The Sims 2 Pets was released, The Sims 2 Apartment Pets combined the PC expansions Apartment Life and Pets to give us the final installment for The Sims 2 on consoles.
The aim of the game was to progress through the games storyline and look after your Uncle’s Pet Spa as well as your Sim’s own pet. Apartment Pets was also one of the only console games to contain a more developed Create-A-Sim feature despite it’s limited content. This also made the feature stand out compared to other console versions of the game.
Sadly The Sims 2 Apartment Pets didn’t gain great reviews but after tracking down a copy on eBay I feel that it is still a great addition to the franchise despite it’s flaws.
That’s it for the third installment of the A Lookback at The Sims Console Games series. There is just one more part to come and then we will be getting ready for the release of The Sims 4 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4!